This was a camera that I owned only for a little while. I’ll explain why. When my daughter was born back in the 90’s, I bought my first Nikon. It was the F60 from Dixons. I wasn’t that interested in photography at the time, but it allowed me to take some nice shots. In 2004 the F60 went into the basement when I bought my first DSLR, the D70, and it stayed there for many years.
About 3 years ago, having developed a keen interest in photography and having been able to practice and learn relatively cheaply – if you don’t count the cost of the digital cameras and lenses – I picked up the F60 again. I quickly realised it wasn’t good enough to work with my existing crop of Nikon lenses, so I bought the F80 which gave me full aperture control even on the G lenses.
The F80 worked beautifully with both my Nikon lenses and my Sigma f-mounts. Clean and sharp images, and nice and light to carry around with one of the mid-range zooms on it. But the F80 has a serious flaw: the door latches are made of plastic, a fairly brittle plastic at that. If you just close the camera back without raising the latches first then you run the risk of them snapping off which is what happened in my case. So now I have a lightweight, convenient camera with the modes I need…and no door lock. Maybe I’ll pick up another one some time. In the meantime I have the F90x (no aperture mode for G lenses), the F65 and my latest Nikon – the F4. What a beauty, but I’ll save that for another post.
These were taken in and around Bury and Radcliffe in Lancashire on Portra 400. It was raining, obviously.
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